The Box Magazine, 1997; No 46 Pete Duel
The James Dean of television. After six years of bit parts in series like The Virginian and Marcus Welby, M.D., Duel finally made it big as poker-faced gambling Hannibal Heyes in Alias Smith and Jones. But before the first series had finished running, he had been found shot. Officially it was suicide. It was also a tragic waste; he was 31.
by Walter Scott; Parade Magazine, October 29, 1972
Q. What’s this about a Peter Duel cult springing up in England since the actor’s death?
A. Ever since the star of Alias Smith and Jones shot himself last December, the BBC has received some 7,000 letters a week from fans demanding that the series be aired again. Therefore, the network is using the reruns rather than the programs with his replacement.
SPEC 16 Magazine, February 1972
By now, all you SPEC-ers know all the fax about two of your fav raves — Pete Duel and Ben Murphy — the dream dolls you watch every Thursday night at 7:30 on ABC’s Alias Smith and Jones. You’ve been sending loads of mail to SPEC asking kooky questions about these two guys. We compiled a list of the 20 questions asked most frequently and had Pete and Ben answer you! Now, imagine you’re a reporter for SPEC and this is your assignment! Get out your pen and paper and fire away — cos this is how …
by Funky Duke Lewis; Tigerbeat, July 1971
Smith and Jones may be a pair of saddlesore drifters on ABC Channel 7, but fans of Old West action love the bums! It’s a toss-up which of the two pards is the most popular with female addicts of the little flickering box. Both are young, handsome, splendid physical types with arresting personalities. Even more important, both are unmarried. Let’s make a quick word-sketch of each to help you decide which one to concentrate your love powers on.
Pete Duel, alias Joshua Smith, alias Hannibal Heyes, is a lean, brown-eyed six-footer [he was actually five-feet-ten], …
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Letter sent to fans who had written to or about Pete, 1972, by John Napier
Peter Ellstrom Deuel was a brilliant earthly star. You could easily spot him in a mass of people on a crowded boulevard because he sparkled when he walked. You felt the gentleness of his soul when you looked into his penetrating eyes. When he spoke, you listened and watched intently as his hands made diagrams in the air punctuating the flow of speech that came so easily. And, his smile!!!!
I shall never forget one early morning, about 4 a.m., this past summer when Pete stood in …
by Elizabeth Laurence; Photoplay (UK), 1972
Pete Duel, popular for his work in the hit television series Alias Smith and Jones, died on New Year’s Eve. [Editor’s Note: Peter died the morning of New Year’s Eve Day, not New Year’s Eve night.] The young American actor found that life at the top wasn’t worth the effort. [That isn’t necessarily Peter’s reasons for ending his life; new evidence suggests that his anti-convulsion medication for his epilepsy may have played a role, as did a number of other demoralizing issues during his life at that time.] He shot himself. It was a bitter …